Monday, December 11, 2017

Gift Box and Tag Set


Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  My Design Team sister Laura has provided us with a week to prep our Christmas gift boxes, treat bags, or gift embellishments.  I chose to create this gift box and matching tag set. In fact, this set is currently nestled under the Christmas tree containing a gift for my daughter. 

I only used two Cricut cartridges on this project, Anna's Holiday Home Decor and Basic Shapes. Because the box is already designed on Anna's cartridge it is especially easy. I  used other cuts from the same cartridge (along with some basic shapes) to embellish the box and make the gift tag.


I used Close To My Heart's Ruby Red, White, and Gold Glitter cardstock to craft my set.  I finished the box and tag with white gel pen doodles and liquid pearls.

If you would like to make this gift box and tag the link for the Design Studio file is HERE.


If you have not already been by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog, please do go by and check out the variety of projects the team created.  Hopefully you will be inspired to craft your own project(s) and join this weeks challenge!!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Trees in the Forest


Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. My very talented Design Team sister, Janis, selected this challenge.  Janis asked us to use a Cricut cut Christmas Tree on our projects this week.  How appropriate as my home Christmas Tree just went up a few days ago!

In the spirit of full disclosure, this card was inspired by a card I viewed on Pinterest.  The Pinterest card was both more elegant and featured more life-like deer and trees.  I opted for a fun, more surreal depiction. 


I designed my version of this card in Cricut Design Space (I suspect the original card used a die) and used six Cricut cartridges plus Basic Shapes.  The base card was created by welding rectangles, circles, and snowflakes together, then adding score lines.  The decorative elements of the cards were cut using the following Cricut cartridges:

Cindy Loo - Deer
Anna's Seasonal Soirees - Trees (edited)
Anna's Holiday Home Decor - Poinsettia 
CTMH Flower Market - The woodland plants and some snowflakes
Art Philosophy - remaining Snowflakes   
Basic Shapes - Rectangles, circles, and large star
The inside text is from Anna's Christmas Cards and Embellishments and was written by the Cricut Explore 2.



I used all Close To My Heart papers (except for one tree), including the white glitter card stock I used to cut the snowflakes.  I finished the card with white ink and a fan brush which added the snowing effect to wooded scene.


Have you been by the Bitten by the Bug 2 blog this week?  The design team truly wow'ed me with their Christmas Tree projects.  You truly need to go check out their amazing work.  Also we would LOVE it if you would join our weekly challenges.  Check out the rules in the side bar at the Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut  blog.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, December 1, 2017

December Special - Through The Year Kit


Hello friends! Today is December first and I wanted you to be the first to know about this months Close To My Heart Special.  It is called Through The Year and is a fabulous 2018 Calendar Kit. 

For years I have been making digital calendars in online programs.  Not this year, baby!!  I am SO making our calendars (I make one for Doug's office too) with this new kit!

So here is the scoop on this calendar kit:

There are two options - one for those who purchased our November Stamp of the Month set (CC1344S 
 $38.95), and a second option for those who did not purchase the November SOTM (CC1344 $56.90).  The November Stamp of the Month is used to complete the calendar labels.  

Another great aspect of this calendar kit is after you have finished with the calendar, you will have 12 scrapbook pages that can be added to a scrapbook.  In fact, you could use each page as a monthly divider page in your 2018 scrapbooks.

Sample page images:


The kit should take about 6-7 hours to complete, give or take, depending on how quickly you scrap.  This includes time for cutting the papers, stamping, etc.

For more information visit my Close To My Heart online store!!  AND remember, this kit is available for the month of December only!!  Give your Santa a nudge if he still needs ideas!!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Strolling in the Evening Snow


Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.


I am embarrassed to admit that I am almost 21 hours late with this post.  I have been busy decorating for Christmas and absolutely completely forgot to add this challenge post.  

This is obviously another in my series of vintage image cards.  Have I already told you that most of the cards we are sending out this year contain vintage images?  I thought it would be fun to try something different this year.  In the past my cards have been either stamp and die created or Cricut created.  This year they are vintage images and Cricut cuts. 

I used three Cricut cartridges, plus Basic Shapes, on this card.  The light post was cut using Jolly Holidays.  The holly leaf border was cut using Teresa Collins Christmas Holly.  The ice sickles were cut using Martha Stewart's Seasonal Cake Art cartridge.  

The gold snowflakes are leftovers from a previous project.  

In addition to the vintage image and the Cricut cuts, I also used Liquid Pearls and some lace stamps from my stash.

This square card was fun to work on.  I like that it allowed me to play with my snow creating skills.  I used gray and white ink to add the snow all over the card front.  I have a fan brush that works great on my "snow" effect.


I know I am late getting the word out, but I do hope that you will join us at The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.  Go by the blog for more Christmas card inspiration, then share your card with us.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Baby, It's Cold Outside


Hello friends! Welcome to this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. My darling Design Team sister Emily selected this week's challenge theme.  As it is growing colder in many areas of the country (and not so much in other areas), Emily asked us to create projects that feature winter apparel, mittens, hats, scarves, and jackets.  I chose to create a 3-D mitten ornament for our Christmas tree (which is going up this week).

I designed the mitten in Cricut's Design Space software.  I used six cartridges and several cardstock scraps from my Christmas paper stash.  The basic mitten shape was cut using Holiday Cakes (remember those Cricut Cake cartridges?  I still use many of the cuts).  The rosette was created using Ribbons and Rosettes.  The lace at the edge of the cuff was cut using Edge to Edge 2, and the little scalloped lace borders was cut with Create Cards.  The cut circle tag (I love the edge cuts on this tag) was cut using New Arrival.  Finally, I used shapes from Basic Shapes to assist with welding and slicing. I finished my mitten ornament with machine stitched edges, craft pearls, and a Merry Christmas stamp.

I hope that you have been by the Bitten By the Bug blog and viewed the fun and fabulous winter warmth crafted by the Design Team.  We would love it if you found some time this week to join our weekly challenge.   



Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope that you take a moment and read the blog post below about the Cyber Monday sale at Close To My Heart.